I’m still working as a telephone bitch.
I’ve been mostly reading this:
which I read when I was a teenager. I think I mostly blanked out the actual events after the first time I read it but not the general atmosphere of the book, like how Esther feels when she takes a bath. It describes depression really well and even though its obviously uncomfortable at times I love it.
I don’t recommend reading it in an environment where you have to drag yourself out of its intensity to make your voice all light on the phone with strangers. Though the other day I took an order from a women who wanted a book of poetry. She told me she only wanted to read cheerful poetry and could I please check that the poets in there were only the cheerful ones. I listed them and she said “thank god there is no Emily Dickenson, and I especially can’t stand Plath” Loads of people would agree with her but not me.
On days when I’ve forgotten that book I read this one, which is just left in my locker becasue I don’t love it.
She uses really annoying syntax. And says pointless things like “sometimes they thought their mother was the most beautiful woman in the world, and sometimes they did not” I know that’s an alright sort of thing to say, because that’s true in life, (sometimes, and sometimes it is not). But repeatedly using this way to express things makes me feel like the last part of the sentence deletes the first part and I’m reading a series of nothings.
I’ve heard the book’s supposed to be amazing, but I can’t hack it. I don’t like it when an author spends too long describing what someone looks like, I competely glaze over, it detracts from the story and makes me suspect they’re buying time because they don’t know what to say. Sorry Arundhati, if I don’t remember to leave you on a bus I’ll probably leave you in my locker for next years temp.
The boss whose coffee I stole is still off with me, but I forced her into polite conversation in the kitchen the other day.
The kitchen is generally really tidy and devoid of character, because people only ever use it to make tea and coffee. There is never anything on the work surfaces except 3 plain plastic jars; one contains pyramid teabags, one coffee and one sugar. There are three cupboards full of mugs and plastic glasses, and 4 cupboards with absolutely nothing in them apart from some bin bags. However, on this day I caught my boss worrying a washing-up bowl that was on the work surface instead of in the sink.
It was full to the brim with luke-warm water and cutlery – pretty heavy as you might well imagine. She didn’t want it there, but didn’t seem to know how to put it in the sink. As I made the small talk I watched her slowly tip the bowl over the edge of the sink to pour out some of the water. I could see its plastic sides start to warp slightly, the weight being too much for her fingernails to take. She looked at the whole process as if she was watching it on tv, her hand totally not connected to her brain. She carried on tipping and the force of the water gathered speed and made the bowl slip, its angle changed pouring most of it over her shoes and tights.
She grabbed handfuls of blue paper from the dispenser and crouched down and wiped the floor clean muttering under her breath.. While she was doing this I said a few “oh dear”s and lifted the half-full washing-up bowl into the sink.
Five minutes later she put an angry message on the internal staff forum asking that please could staff make more effort to clean up after themselves as the kitchen becomes extremely messy very quickly. Yeah, and my tights are still wet, is what she forgot to say.
God I can’t do this forever.
Been listening to this: